Artists at Montmartre

Until the 19th century Montmartre hill had a rural atmosphere with a number of windmills for grinding grain, vineyards, and gardens. It had a reputation for rough colorful life and dangerous taverns. During the reign of Napoleon III, the area took on its present look and held it's attraction for marginal members of society, bohemians, students, visitors from the rest of Paris, slumming aristocrats, and bourgeois tourists. The views from the butte are superb in all directions, especially south toward the River and radiating City.

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